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Georgian orphans threaten the Armenians?2013-01-24 18:05
In the Armenian region of Samtskhe-Javakheti region, located in the south of the country and bordering with Armenia, always take the initiatives of Tbilisi with the national ground with suspicion. In the perception of the locals national projects of the center are aimed at the assimilation of the Armenians. The proposal to resettle in Georgian orphans to Javakheti raised particularly large number of questions.
In addition to the old issues related to the reduction of teaching hours of Armenian language and literature at the local schools and the persecution against disloyal to the central authorities local activists, the local population faces the problem of settling the orphans from the Georgian heartland in Javakheti.
Pilot program to resettle Georgian orphans in Javakheti, as noted by local observers, is now being performed in Ninotsminda. Due to the fact that Ninotsminda is populated mostly by the Armenians (Georgians make up 2% of the population, which, according to the 2009 totals 6.1 thousand people), this area is considered one of the most "non-Georgian" sectors of the country. In this small border town there are three schools: two Armenians and one Russian. For several years they are discussing rumors about the possible closure of the Russian school, but there is still no formal decision on the matter.
The area is mountainous, 2000 meters above sea level, which explains the severity of the climate and the main activities - agriculture. On the outskirts of the city there are located farmlands, which are a major source of income for the locals. In the town, there operates a jeans plant on the basis of Soviet garment factory. The population is also engaged in trade. There are a lot of shops selling food, appliances, clothing and building materials.
In political terms, the region is not particularly active. At the last parliamentary election the "United National Movement" won in Ninotsminda. According to official data, it has received about 70% of the vote. Because of its ethnic composition the socio-cultural environment of the area is very different from other areas of the country. Tbilisi Georgians coming here say they do not recognize the country and get "into another dimension".